This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
The Sudan African National Union Party (SANU) Chairperson, William Emilio Odingila delivered the position paper and said the number of school leavers multiply each year and there are not enough institutions to accommodate them.
He disclosed that the political parties in state have come up with their independent position paper seeking out a prompt action from the state government to prioritise establishment of more secondary schools in the state with an ultimate objective to accommodate the primary school leavers in the state.
“The reason is simply; to accommodate the just what we all have seen marching; primary school leavers,” he said.
Efforts by Gurtong to get average accurate number of Primary eight school leavers in each year in the state failed as Education officials did not immediately provide the data for defence that they keep it in offices.
The Ministry of General Education and Instructions in collaboration with United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) last yearlaunched new 9.3 million text books to be used for instructions at primary school level.
The textbooks printed by the DFID cost US $16 million are aimed at addressing the challenge of lack of text books in the infant nation and to improve illiteracy.
The books are for the five basic subjects in the South Sudan primary level education; English, Mathematics, Science, Christian Religious Education and Social Studies.
South Sudan won her independence in 2011 after decades of war which destroyed the education system among other sectors in the infant nation.
The South Sudanese Minister of Education and General Instruction Joseph Ukel said during the launch that South Sudan has 1.7 million children enrolled in school.
This is compared to just 700,000 children enrolled after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.
The country still stands at an illiteracy rate of at least 70 per cent according to the Ministry of General Education.
In a related development, the Political Parties came under one umbrella urging the governments both at state and national levels to work and boost education standards.
They challenged the State government to be flexible at curtailing the ongoing rampant insecurity in the state and beyond.
Hon. Odingila, formerly the state Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development in the current state government also took the lead on behalf of political parties this could be done by employing consistent strategies that intend to bringing peace and stability in the state communities saying one of these (strategies) that could work is community policing strategy.
He recommends that government must recruit more organized forces especially Police and Prison to help in the sector of rule and law and order while the national forces notably Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) must take national responsibility of protecting the territory of the country.
The leader has urged both the state and national governments to remember delivering essential services ranging from water, health, education, roads and security to citizens saying services in the last few months or so have deteriorated thus need proper and keen attention from the government.